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Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa said a potential push by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to overturn GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa‘s razor-thin victory in November’s election “is a partisan power grab.”

And Reynolds argued at a news conference on Thursday that if the Democratic-controlled House overturned Miller-Meeks’ certified victory, it would be “a forecast of what’s to come” if the congressional Democrats’ wide-ranging election reform and campaign finance bill becomes law. The governor warned that “state election law would be wiped away.”

Miller-Meeks defeated Democrat Rita Hart by just six votes out of nearly 400,000 cast to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers most of the southeastern part of the Hawkeye State. It was the closest margin of any U.S. election in nearly half a century.

Hart is challenging the results – which were certified by the state following a recount – as she points to 22 discarded ballots she says would have made her the winner if they were counted. But rather than go through Iowa’s courts, she asked the Committee on House Administration to investigate.

Pelosi, D-Calif., provisionally seated Miller-Meeks in January when the full House was sworn in. Asked two weeks ago by reporters if she might potentially remove Miller-Meeks and seat Hart, Pelosi said “there could be a scenario to that extent.”

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